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Penguins Go Back To Basics In Game 3

At the end of game one, I remarked how I expected the Penguins to adjust to the Rangers neutral zone tactics and ultimately return to their possession-dominant ways in this first round Eastern Conference series. What I did not expect was the Penguins laying an egg in game two. Coming off of a contest where they […]

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Thoughts: Round 1 Game 2 – Pens Allow 3 Goals in 4:14 as Rangers Tie Series at 1

Rangers 4  Pens 2 Series: Tied at 1 Goals Kessel (1) (PP) from Daley, Bonino Kessel (2) (PP) from Bonino, Malkin Penalties Hornqvist (roughing) – Inconsequential (gets tied up with Zuccarello in front of the Rangers net and they each get a minor penalty) Dumoulin (hooking) – Bad (loses his positioning on Miller in the […]

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PLAYOFF GAMEDAY 2: Passing the eye test. Pens look to go up 2-0.

Game 2: RANGERS (0-1) at PENGUINS (1-0) Eastern Conference First Round 3:00 PM EST – NBC CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA The Penguins won Game 1 largely in part because of fantastic goaltending from Jeff Zatkoff, and some very oppurtunistic goal scoring. New York controlled possession for the almost the entire game, but were […]

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Longpuck Pays Off For the Penguins

Perhaps the biggest surprise of Game 1 of the Penguins/Rangers series (Jeff Zatkoff’s sudden start aside) was the story of how a poor puck-possession team dominated a great puck-possession team. As I discussed in my series preview, the Rangers are not a good possession team. That wasn’t the case in game one. The Rangers stepped up on […]

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VIDEO: Penguin fan takes advantage of moment of Silence

The Penguins had a moment of silence for Ed Snider and one fan had his playoff moment: It’s a really bullshit thing to do…but he isn’t wrong. As you can imagine, Flyers blog went out of their fucking minds: If one person makes a fanbase then the Flyers are in big trouble.    

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Hitchhikers Guide To Penguins/Rangers: PLAYOFF GAMEDAY 1. The Matchups.

Game 1: RANGERS at PENGUINS 8:00 PM EST – USA, ROOT Sports CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA It’ll be the third postseason meeting between these two teams in the last three seasons, and this one feels a lot different than the previous two. This time around the feeling is the Pens clearly have the […]

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Thoughts: Pens/Rangers Season Series Recap and Takeaways

We covered the fact that it was a weird regular season and the Pens/Rangers series certainly fell in line with that. The Pens went 3-1 against the Rangers this season, but each game definitely told a story of its own. Game 53, Feb 10th in Pittsburgh – Rangers 3 Pens 0 Goals: None The Pens […]

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Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Penguins/Rangers series: A hero will be born

This is the time of year when a run-of-the-mill hockey player can reach heroic and legendary status. Max Talbot is the perfect example. Heading into the 2008-09 playoffs, Talbot hadn’t scored more than 12 goals in a season. 12 goals in 82 games is no joke, but when you show up in the playoffs and […]

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